Geographic Information Sciences Minor

Geographic information sciences (GISc) is the study of geospatial phenomena using an integrated set of spatial digital technologies including tools, techniques, concepts, and datasets associated with geographic information systems, remote sensing, data visualization, global positioning systems, spatial analysis, and quantitative methods. The GISc minor provides cutting-edge training in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), and global positioning systems (GPS) and their application in solving real world problems. Students who complete the program will be ready to enter the job market with a competitive advantage in geographic information sciences.


In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
GEOG 215IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Spatial Data Science3
GEOG 370IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Geographic Information3
Select three courses from the following list:9
Anthropological Application of GIS
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Geovisualizing Change
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Remote Sensing of the Environment
Introduction to GIS
GIS in Public Health
Geographic Information Systems for Impact Evaluation and Health Studies
Cartography of the Global South
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Remote Sensing
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Applied Issues in Geographic Information Systems
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Geographic Information Science Programming
Global Positioning Systems and Applications
Total Hours15

This minor is open to all undergraduate students. For geography majors and minors, please note that no more than 45 hours of GEOG course credit may be used toward fulfilling the B.A. graduation requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Department of Geography

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Elizabeth A. Olson

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Nina Martin

Undergraduate Program Administrator

Nell Phillips